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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Early literacy bill defines dyslexia for 1st time

The Kansas City Star – KOURTNEY LIEPELT

“For the first time, dyslexia has been officially defined in Iowa law in an attempt to improve literacy among young students across the state.”(more)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

It’s a mistake to cut back on foreign language

The Citizen-Press – Lilly Brown

“Recently, administrators for the Iowa City Community School District announced plans to make budget cuts to avoid going into deficit spending for the next fiscal year. Many programs, classes and educational activities will be affected by the decision. And although all of the programs affected are important to our education, the elimination of German and seventh-grade foreign language is completely unacceptable.”(more)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Early childhood education important for military readiness later, ex-general says at Harkin hearing

The Des Moines Register – Jennifer Jacobs

“An Iowa retired military general on Monday explained why he thinks national security depends on U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s new preschool bill.”(more)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Officer: Military preparedness tied to early childhood education

The Des Moines Register – Jennifer Jacobs

“An Iowa retired military general on Monday explained why he thinks national security depends on U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s new preschool bill.”(more)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

FINANCIAL LITERACY: Push For More Education

WHO TV – Dan Winters

“During his Condition of the State address, Governor Branstad praised a financial education course for freshmen at the University of Northern Iowa. He gave it credit for reducing the amount of debt students carry when they graduate.”(more)

Monday, March 3, 2014

39 Iowa school districts chosen to launch teacher leadership systems

The Des Moines Register – William Petroski

“State officials today announced that 39 Iowa school districts have been selected as the first to launch teacher leadership systems under a statewide education reform plan approved last year by the Iowa Legislature.”(more)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Iowa View: STEM innovators get kids in the workplace

Des Moines Register – Kim Reynolds & Mary Andringa

“That’s half of the equation: Give students professional experiences in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, to apply what they learn in school to careers they may want to consider. The other half of the equation: Give employers opportunities to interest the future workforce in those careers by opening a window into the workplace.”(more)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New tool shows students earning potential for different college majors

The Des Moines Register – Jason Noble

“The tool, called the ROCI (return on college investment) Reality Check, allows students to see the jobs that might result from the major they intend to pursue, as well as the probability of getting that job, the starting salary, growth in the field and the percentage of graduates in the major who have the job.”(more)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Battle over future of science classes looms in Iowa, U.S.

The Des Moines Register – Mary Stegmeir

“Apush to overhaul statewide science standards has prompted concerns that the move would erode local control of education and narrow the scope of what students learn.”(more)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Support academic standards, school and business leaders say at summit

The Des Moines Register – Mary Stegmeir

“Statewide academic standards are crucial to boosting student achievement and economic development in Iowa, school and business leaders said Thursday.”(more)